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Shelly Bay: my say

On 9 February, members of the Port Nicholson Settlement Trust will vote on whether to sell our land at Shelly Bay, Wellington. It’s a sad moment but also an honest one. The trust is almost broke only nine years after … Continue reading

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My union card

I’ve just cancelled my membership of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the union that represents journalists. I’ve been a member since 1993. Before that, I was a member of equivalent union in New Zealand. For 28 years, one of … Continue reading

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Royalty: the ‘economic arrangements’ behind a book

American writer Grace Paley says that trivial work ignores the two facts that make a story “interesting to adults”. Paley’s facts are money and blood, in that order. “That is – everybody continues on this earth by courtesy of economic … Continue reading

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Milan, New York, Altona: Agnes Denes forest restoration

In a few weeks, students from Altona Primary School will plant 100 swamp she-oak, shoestring acacia and salt-tolerant, local provenance river red gums at a sewage treatment plant on Queens Drive, Altona. Their work represents the first steps in what … Continue reading

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Te Rā o Māui Pōmare 2013: a slow reading

In 2012, during a year living back home in New Zealand, I met Australian-born historian Patricia O’Brien. Patty was the Stout Research Centre fellow, the first Australian to hold this position. She was working on a biography of Samoan nationalist … Continue reading

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The fox

The day after I found out about my cousin, the fox appeared. I had just got back from yoga. It was 8.30am. Everyone else had gone. I heard shouting out the back. “Mike! Mike!” the voice said. I ran outside. … Continue reading

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I’m with the band

The music teacher lived on Rodrigo Road, Kilbirnie. Her name was Kristen. She told Netty to buzz like a bee. Then she told her to pucker her lips and spit without spitting. Then she told her to do raspberries. She … Continue reading

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